- in a play, light opera, etc., the role of a lady's maid, esp. one involved in intrigue, or of any pretty, flirtatious, or frivolous young woman
- an actress who plays such roles
Origin of soubretteFrench ; from ProvenÃ§al soubreto ; from soubret, affected, sly ; from soubra, to put aside, exceed ; from Classical Latin superare, to be above: see super-
- a. A saucy, coquettish, intriguing maidservant in comedies or comic opera.b. An actress or a singer taking such a part.
- A young woman regarded as flirtatious or frivolous.
Origin of soubretteFrench, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret, conceited, from soubra, to leave aside, from Old Provençal sobrar, to be excessive, from Latin superāre, from super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots.
- A female servant or attendant, especially as mischievous or cheeky, often featuring in theatrical comedies